My Crazy Start

022419-061718It was a hot June 18 in Princeton, West Virginia, WAY back in 1955. Beth King was busy watching over her three children, ages 4 and under, as well as preparing for her parents to arrive from Florida. Her husband, Jack, was at work and so she busily got the house and dinner ready for her family to arrive. Oh, and someone else was getting ready to arrive, too. Beth was 9 months pregnant! And so in her typical hard-working fashion, she decided to tackle one more task that needed to be done. Grabbing the lawn mower, she set out to mow the large yard. She was barefoot – after all, this WAS West Virginia!


After mowing awhile, Beth ran in to check on the dinner in the oven. She had made a specialty of hers – Cheese Souffle – and knew that she needed to watch its rising very carefully. Bending over, she slowly opened the oven door and received quite a surprise. Her water broke!!


I don’t remember all the details at that point – I was the one about to be born – but I can imagine that there was much rushing around and changing of plans and phone calls and getting to the hospital!


Dr. Pace had to be called in from a family picnic on this beautiful summer Saturday. I had no concern for other’s plans, only my own! Dr. Pace was wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt and didn’t have time to Patty as a baby with siblingschange because I was in a hurry. Mother had green feet from mowing the lawn. And so I was born, looking at green feet and a bold Hawaiian shirt.


Does this explain me to all of you? It should.


And guess what my favorite meal is, the one that Mom always made for me when I would come home from college or from being around the world as a military wife? Cheese Souffle, of course!!


I love you, Mom, for giving me life on this day 63 years ago – strange as it was!

Author: Patty hesaidwhatks

I'm Patty and I write about our adult son who has Epilepsy and Autism, who still lives with my husband and me, and who is a package full of many surprises and joys and challenges and TALK! Lots of talking, which creates laughter and some other reactions as well. I also write about how God shows Himself to me in everyday life.

8 thoughts on “My Crazy Start”

  1. Happy Birthday, Patty! I hope your very special day is filled with lots of love and joy….and a few surprises too😊. In addition to your birth story, I’m sure you have many more fond memories of this day. So enjoy and celebrate!🎉🎂🎈. You deserve it!

    PS: I’ve tried to find your FB page many times but it won’t come up. Maybe if you send a friend request to my page we can get reconnected. I sure hope so!


  2. 🎵Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Patty,
    Happy Birthday to you!!!🎵

    What a joy you are to others through your love!!! I love your birth-day story!!! What a Mom that our Lord gave you- one with a “servant heart” putting others above her own needs. What a Godly example she set for you even on the day you were born!!! Who wouldn’t want to grow up and be like that? May our Jesus continue to bless your socks off!!! A Happy Birthday hug to you from me my friend!!! In Him along with you among the multitude of others, your friend Sharon


  3. Patty.. so glad for you and the whole King tribe….. your story is wonderful.. but I knew it would be… love you.. Wish you many many more… since I turned 60 this year..i keep saying 60 is the new 30… so your just 33… and your mom… the only other thing she probably did that day was sew a new dress


    1. HaHa, Gayle! I’ll take your idea that I’m really just 33! 🙂 And you knew Mom well. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if she made a dress that morning before she cooked and mowed – oh, and watched 3 little ones. I missed that gene of hers, I guess. Love you, too, Gayle!


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